Thursday, 3 November 2016

Smart City Proposal for Thiruvananthapuram


Immediately after the communication by the center of its proposal to include Thiruvananthapuram in the next round of smart city development scheme, the capital city corporation has installed the suggestion boxes at important junctions of the city.  Through these suggestion boxes, the Thiruvananthapuram Corporation wanted to get inputs from the public on what all facilities that should be included in the list for submission to the center. In order to elicit the response from the public, the corporation has come out with Smart City contest. In this blog, we will be looking at what the corporation wants to do with these suggestions.

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Proposal for Smart City

In a first of its kind, the Left Democratic Front (LDF)-led Thiruvananthapuram Corporation has placed about 30 suggestion boxes for receiving ideas and proposals from the public at important junctions in the city. Apart from this, the city body has already received over 1000 proposals from ward-level committees as part of the contest. The city corporation wants to reproduce the success it got at the committee level in the Smart City Contest. There were over 5000 people in attendance in some of the ward-level committees, according to some newspaper reports. It included some of the distinguished persons who have the stamp of authority on the subject. After the event wherein people have given their inputs, the authorities opened boxes and collected the suggestions for the experts to wet their inputs.

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Expert Scrutiny

The suggestions collected under the Smart City Contest will be submitted to the panel of experts for their scrutiny. As part of this exercise, the experts from various fields such as waste management, sanitation, e-governance, IT, urban development, culture and heritage, education and security will peruse the proposals, suggestions and other inputs to codify the response that corporation wants to sent to the Union Government. After the scrutiny, the best idea or proposal will be suitably rewarded to recognize the creativity. Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) has included the Thiruvananthapuram along with 7 other state capitals that were left out in the Smart City participation list. 

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Though MoUD gave no concrete guidelines, the civic bodies need to meet certain conditions. The organizations conducted the road-shows and idea van to educate the people on the Smart City concept. Further, the civic bodies received the response from the public through flash mob, group run and opinion survey. This all-encompassing effort is aimed at taking the public along in the process. This approach will help combine the best of ideas on addressing issues on the civic amenities in the city. The idea is to develop the best smart city within the confines of the geological and cultural restrictions.

smart city definition

Thuruvananthapuram Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
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